Living Room 4: Understanding the lasting impact of Covid-19

Our Webinars in the Living Room continue in July with three fantastic panelists joining us to explore the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown on our communities. Tickets for Living Room 4: Understanding the lasting impact of Covid-19 are available on Eventbrite until July 14th. 

Session 1: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on young people aged 13-24 in the UK

Covid-19 has led to an unprecedented disruption of normal social relationships and activities, which are so important during the teen years and young adulthood, and to education and economic activity worldwide. The impact of this on young people’s mental health and future prospects may affect their need for support and services, and the speed of the nation’s social recovery afterwards. This webinar will  focus on the unique challenges facing young people at different points during adolescent development as a result of this pandemic.

Liat Levita is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield, where she heads up the Developmental Affective Neuroscience lab. Her research work is focused on examining the factors that underlie well-being throughout development, especially during adolescence. 

Speaker: Dr Liat Levita, University of Sheffield

Wednesday 15th July 1300 – 1400 


Session 2: ‘Beyond Us and Them’ Research Project – The impact of Covid-19 on social cohesion

‘Beyond Us and Them’ aims to investigate the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on social cohesion within the UK: are people coming together as a result of the crisis, or is it tearing them apart? How are different places and different communities being impacted? What is happening to relations between different groups of people (e.g. younger and older people)? How is people’s perception of the government shaping their reactions and behaviours? 

Belong is partnering with the Centre for the Study of Group Processes and the Nuffield Foundation on this longitudinal study to investigate the impact of Covid-19 on social cohesion. This webinar is the first in a series to share our findings. You can find out more about this research project here, including our research partners across the country.

Speaker: Dr Fanny Lalot, University of Kent 

Wednesday 22nd July 1300 – 1400 


Session 3: What next for the Covid generation? The wellbeing challenge ahead

This webinar draws on numerous UK sources to explore the impact that Covid restrictions have had, and will continue to have, on children and young people. With many experts concerned that the repercussions on mental, physical and social wellbeing will be felt for some time to come, we will discuss the key issues that are emerging and where intervention may be required to support those affected.

Amanda Vernalls leads the research, insight and analysis functions at Youth Sport Trust, a children’s charity which looks to improve young people’s wellbeing and life changes through harnessing the power of sport and physical activity.

Speaker: Amanda Vernalls, Head of Research & Insight at Youth Sport Trust

Wednesday 29th July 1300 – 1400